Lichtenberg Lightning Trees

9 Mar

Lichtenberg figures, also known as “Lightning Trees, are beautiful branching patterns that occur when an electrical charge is exposed to an insulating material. They have been found in grassy meadows, golf courses, sand, soil, and even human skin after a lightning strike. When a person is hit by lightening, the passage of the electrical current from the lightning discharge as it flashes over the skin can rupture small capillaries under the skin, resulting in a Lichtenberg figure, or “lightning flower.”

Winston Kemp is one such soul who gained a Lichtenberg figure after being struck by lightning. While they often fade after a while, his has seemed to scarred over.


Some people even manage to capture Lichtenberg figures and make them into art.


Click here if you’re interested in learning more about Lichtenberg figures, as well as learn how to make your own.

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2 Responses to “Lichtenberg Lightning Trees”

  1. mikereverb March 9, 2012 at 22:29 #

    Fascinating; I thought it was a tattoo.

    Honestly, it looks so cool that if I had one, I wouldn’t want it to fade.

    I had no idea what these were called, but you’ve just added more reference material to the old grey matter.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • A. Theria March 9, 2012 at 23:34 #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it 😀

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